F1 flashback: The Prost-Senna battle in the rain-shortened 1984 Monaco GP (VIDEO)


It’s widely hailed as “Ayrton Senna’s arrival race” in Formula One. This year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

“It” is the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, where a then-unheralded Brazilian rookie driving a Toleman ran down and nearly caught the McLaren of Alain Prost, before conditions were deemed too wet and too unsafe to continue.

Prost won from Senna in what were a pair of firsts. The win marked Prost’s first of four wins in the Monaco principality and of course, Senna’s first ever podium finish.

Prost’s last Monaco win came in 1988, where Senna’s rare unforced error after a weekend spent trying to not just beat his teammate but pummel him into submission got the better of him.

In the above video clip, live commentary from the BBC counts down as the 1984 race came to its ultimate, rain-shortened conclusion.

You can see all this weekend’s Formula One action from Monaco across the networks of NBC, beginning with Practice 1 live streamed Thursday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra. Practice 2 is at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.